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Dr. Sarah Naramore

Dr. Sarah Naramore



58 Valk



Joined Northwest in 2020

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. History of Science; University of Notre Dame
  • A.B. History and Biology; Lafayette College

Courses Taught

  • 33155 U.S. History to 1877
  • 33156 U.S. History since 1877
  • 33301 The Historian’s Craft and Its Uses
  • 33522 The American Colonies
  • 33524 The Early American Republic
  • 33591 Research Seminar in History

Academic Interest

I am a historian of medicine and the early American republic interested in the intersections of science, medicine, and politics. My current book project Medical Independence: How Benjamin Rush Created American Medicine, 1769-1813 explores the way in which Benjamin Rush and his students promoted medical theories they believed were best suited to the new republic. In doing so Rush not only founded a distinctly American medical profession but used his position an expertise to argue for a range of political and social reforms in the name of a healthy republic. In short, this book argues that Rush’s work in science and medicine played a foundational role in the American transition from colony to nation and the social structures that characterized it in the nineteenth century.

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • “Sense and Amiability: Julia Rush and the character of American medicine, 1776-1815,” American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY, April 21-24, 2022
  • “Iodine and Endemic Goiter: A Specific Therapy in a Changing Medical World,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Virtual, November 18-21, 2021
  • “The Social Side of Medicine: Benjamin and Julia Rush’s Roles in Promoting ‘American Medicine,’” Great Lakes History Conferences, Virtual, October, 22, 2021
  • “our part of the country being very sickly”: Creating American Medicine Through Patient Correspondence,” Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 6, 2020
  • "Same Story, Different Setting: Using Goiter to Understand Calls for American Science at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century," History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Utrecht, Netherlands, July 24, 2019
  • “Who You Know: How Social and Educational Networks fostered Professional Identity Among American Doctors, 1780-1815,” American Philosophical Society, "Networks: The Creation and Circulation of Knowledge from Franklin to Facebook," Philadelphia, PA, June 7, 2019
  • "The Medical Network: Social Ties and Expertise in American Medicine, 1780-1820," American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH, April 27, 2019

Other Professional Experiences

Selected Fellowships and Honors:

  • Research Fellowship, Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (2022)
  • Faculty Research Grand, Northwest Missouri State University (2022)
  • Research Fellowship, Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine(declined) (2018)
  • Sloan Prize for an outstanding graduate student in the Notre Dame History and Philosophy of Science program (2018)
  • Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia (2017)
  • Short-Term Fellowship, Philadelphia Area Consortium for the History of Science (now Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine) (2014-15)
  • Travel Grant, C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia(2014)

Professional Organization Membership:

  • The History of Science Society
  • American Association for the History of Medicine


  • Regional Coordinator – National History Day